Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 has disappointed some fans by choosing efficiency over performance

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 was unveiled today, and Indian consumers finally got clarity on the specifications of the device that will be available from 28 January. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 was one of the most successful phones of 2016, selling over 2.3 million units in the six months after its launch. The model went on to sell 3.6 million units in 2016. There were high expectations from the next version of such a well received device.

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A portion of the specifications are disappointing, if only on paper. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 has the Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 chipset. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 has the more powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 chipset, on paper. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 has an efficient Adreno 506 GPU, whereas the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 has the Adreno 510 GPU. Power users and gamers may still want to opt for the Xiaomi Note 3 instead of the new Xiaomi Note 4.

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Users were expecting the Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 chipset, with the Adreno 510 GPU, as an upgrade to the existing model of the phone. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 is a more efficient handset, the battery is expected to last longer. Various reports claim the batter lasts between 35 per cent to 25 per cent longer than the current Xiaomi Redmi Note 3. The increased efficiency actually depends on the particular application. For example, music playback offers an additional 60 per cent of battery life, while recording videos in FHD resolution offers only a 6 per cent additional battery life. These are numbers as claimed by Xiaomi.

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The Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 has a 4,100 mAh battery which is only a slight upgrade to the 4,050 mAh battery on the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3. The main camera on the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 is 13 MP, but the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 sports a 16 MP main camera. The resolution of the camera is only a rough indicator of the capabilities of the camera, and it is possible for lower resolution cameras to produce better quality photos. However, for someone who is just scanning the specifications and making a comparison, it does look bad. The dual tone flash on the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4, should allow the device to take better photos in low light compared to the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3.

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While the specifications does not look like an upgrade on paper, in practice the actual user experience might actually be better on the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4. Xiaomi has chosen efficiency over performance in this model, which will allow it to sustain demanding operations for longer. Some users have been reporting an overheating problem with the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3, where demanding applications would cause the phone to overheat and close the application. This problem in particular, seems to have been addressed with the efficiency oriented configuration in the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4.

We got our hands on the device and look forward to testing it in our labs. Readers can check out the first impressions of the device. Also, watch out for potential performance oriented variants.


Published Date: Jan 19, 2017 05:05 pm | Updated Date: Jan 19, 2017 05:05 pm